In the year 1906, Late Maharaja ofNabha came to see himself the miracle of Sikh Girls School whereEnglish was taught.
With the help of Chief Khalsa Diwan, hewas able to erect a Boarding House thereon. The construction of thehostel began in 1907 and now there stands a beautiful heritage whosebeauty even today is unavoidable.
As per the available history puton the internet, it was a rule, that without the presence of SahibTakhat Singh ji, nobody was allowed to have a visit of the ?Ashram?.Once Maharaja Ripudaman Singh ji visited there and as Bhai TakhatSingh ji was not there, nobody allowed him to enter the premises.
When he complained it to BhaiTakhat Singh ji he said -?Fakirannal dhokha karan da bdla ehi hunda e ki murad ton khali mudna paindahai.?
Inthe similar incident, the Queen of Sangrur came here to study andbrought her maids but there was rule that no maid was allowed to livein the hostel. So they were sent back.
Many dignitaries reported to havevisited the institution and recorded their valuable remarks, whichtoo are available on the net, but no such record is available in theschool.
The building is having a beautifularchitect view designed on the pattern of Khalsa College Amritsarwhich was desired by Bhai Ram Singh Principal of the Mayo School ofArts Lahore with the help of engineer Dharam Singh Gharjakhia.
The main building is considered a gemof the Indo-Sarcenic style, which is strongly influenced by thetraditional India and mughal schools of architecture. But because oflack of funds and no extra source of generation of revenue, thebuilding is losing its importance for want of repairs.
In 1988, the floods destroyedthe rich library in the school while the important manuscripts wereshifted to Punjabi University, Patiala. The Sikh Kanya Mahavidayalacould not fulfill its dream of college status despite the fact thatits structure shows the extended pillars at that time for extensionto double storey.
?There has been noimprovement in the strength of the students which is now 650 exceptits up-gradation up to Sr. Secondary School. With 17 teaching staffincluding Principal, six teachers are covered under the 95 per centgrant, out of which two are likely to retire in October and Januarynext, while the rest of the four teachers would go up to 2020. Due torecruitment ban in the aided schools, the fate of such schools andstudents as well, is in dark?, said Seema Arora, Principal.
Harmit Vidayarthi, a renownedPunjabi writer of the city, having studied the history of the schoolwas of the view that the Government should preserve this buildingwith heritage status which would help bring in funds, which could beused to renovate and preserve the structure and attract the visitors.
Anup Singh, District CongressPresident, who is one of the trustees of the school said, ?The onlyincome to the school is vacant land given on contract of about Rs.1lac per year, which is not even sufficient to maintain such a hugebuilding. The century old building needs to be given a heritagestatus but who may beg for the same from the opposition government?.
The other trustees hardlyvisit the school except for the meeting. The local management membershave no interest in the institution towards further improvement forthe generation of funds.
A part of the building isoccupied by In-service Training Centre of Education Department on ameager rent of Rs. 2000 per month. The school management has filed acourt case seeking orders for the education department to vacate theschool building. Some major repairs could bring handsome revenue forthe development of the school, once it is vacated.
With the introduction ofRight to Education and making girls education free, the fate ofprivate educational institutions is in dark, with no extra income orgrant from the government.